inclusive astronomy 2: postmortem

Willb/ October 18, 2019/ lefty astronomy, personal, research log/ 3 comments

The inclusive astronomy conference was originally held in 2015, at a time when tensions were boiling over in the field. it was attended by a variety of astronomy-lovers who sought change in a field that (to this day) hides the ugliness of colonialism, racism, misogyny, and LGBTQ-phobia behind a veneer of impartial, apolitical scientific inquiry. My personal hero, Frank Tavares,

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a stressful series of requests to shadowy money brokers

Willb/ October 11, 2019/ personal/ 0 comments

these past two weeks my midterm studying and test taking and essay writing have been interspersed with fairly frantic applications, communications, and aggravation in an attempt to register, plan travel, and secure funding for numerous astronomy related travels (which is why September’s book corner will likely become Septober’s Spooky book corner). This Sunday I’ll depart Amherst for Baltimore and the

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You Are Petting a Cat (game)

Willb/ September 14, 2019/ games/ 0 comments

This game sprung from my passion for petting cats and playing tabletop roleplaying games. I think the 2nd person perspective is criminally underused, and I tried to do it some justice here. I hope you enjoy 🙂

book corner: august 2019

Willb/ August 27, 2019/ book corner/ 0 comments

This month wasn’t nearly as literate as I had hoped. With no schedule I fell into a pretty sticky miasma of poor sleep and witlessly minecrafting my month break away. Nevertheless, I did read some good stuff, plenty enough to chew on while drifting around Portland. August’s reading list: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Cuba

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The Paywall & Open Access

Willb/ August 23, 2019/ lefty astronomy, research log/ 0 comments

In your research, whether you’re an art historian or a astrophysicist, you’ve likely run up against a paywall. Berated with appeals either to login, sign-up, or get out, these moments can feel frustrating. Whether you move on, referencing a similar paper you have access to, finding a pre-print of the paper on an online resource, or simply asking the author

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writing from home

Willb/ August 19, 2019/ personal/ 0 comments

august in the pacific northwest is probably the best summer weather there is: sunny weeks of dry heat and soft breezes punctuated by cloudy days at ~15°C. For someone with a ironic preference for the cold and the sun like myself, it makes existing unexpectedly pleasant during a month where I have less and less to do. i wouldn’t call

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book corner: july 2019

Willb/ August 1, 2019/ book corner/ 0 comments

On the shelf for this month was a slew of books, almost all of which I enjoyed immensely. I find it really hard to get started reading novels, and usually I’m not hooked into a story until about a 1/3 of the way through. These four books managed to break that inertia quicker than I expected. July’s reading list The

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Supporting the mauna kea protests

Willb/ July 25, 2019/ lefty astronomy, research log/ 0 comments

Jul. 25th, 2019 What is happening on mauna kea? Construction of TMT on Maunakea was scheduled to resume Monday, July 15, 2019. On July 14, 2019, AP reported that unarmed National Guard units will be involved in transporting personnel and supplies, and enforcing road closures. Exact details of the situation on the mountain are dynamic, but as of Wednesday, July

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Willb/ July 22, 2019/ personal/ 0 comments

By Wednesday I’ll have to have all my belongings in a few boxes, packed snugly in my friend’s basement. By Sunday I’ll be on a plane headed back to Portland. If we’re being honest, I wish I had more time; this summer has seemed like both a lifetime and a brief blip, and I feel like I haven’t been able

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